PaperCrafting 101

PaperCrafting 101- Markers

Dear Fellow Crafters,

My Adventures in card making this week is all about anniversary cards, since my 43rd wedding anniversary is on November 10th! That is also the birthday anniversary of the United States Marine Corps. Some of you may know, that my husband is a Marine Veteran of over 20+ years so that weekend is very special to us for all sorts of reasons.  I found a card sketch for the occasion that I could adapt the colors of the Corp (red and gold) with a Sizzix folder (of course) and a Spellbinder label die. My card is in the making stages right now, so I will hold off on telling you how it came out!

I will not be posting on November 11th, and this Paper Crafting 101 post is about a week early, but I know you will enjoy it anyway. The topic is markers.

Markers can be used in many ways with stamp designs. Some stampers like to color in their designs completely with bright, vibrant color. Others just add a touch of color. It depends on your style.

Copic Markers are relatively new to the stamping world. The Copic original markers are the perfect choice for blending, painting and tone control. They have a broad nib that offers coverage for larger areas. The other side has a fine nib for detail work. Rubber Stamp magazines usually feature articles using these markers.

For water-based markers, Tombow and Marvy are perfect choices. They both feature the dual-tipped nibs and are perfect for brushing on rubber stamps.

Sakura Gel Glaze Pens have a flowing permanent color that draws similar to embossing powder.

Wet Looks Embossing Markers from Marvy create raised and shiny artwork with or without rubber stamps.  You apply the marker to the paper. (For best results, use glossy cardstock). Pour on the embossing powder, and heat!

Hope you have as much fun as I do coloring those images.



PaperCrafting 101

Paper Crafting 101- Decorative Paper

Dear Friends,
The first step in deciding what type of papers are to be used is to decide on the theme of the card project. The categories are determined by the events of everyday life, holidays and occasions. For instance, birthday cards for women are usually festive with bright, happy colors. The embellishments or other elements are cupcakes, party hats and flowers. In contrast, Halloween cards traditionally feature dark colors such as black, purple and brown. The images for these cards are usually ghosts or witches.
The various papers, vellum, mulberry, crimped, textured, cardstock will “fit” the style of the card you will make. There are many paper companies available for crafters. A few popular ones are Die Cut With A View, Basic Gray, Recollections and Brazzill Basics. In my next installment of PaperCrafting 101 we will talk about sketches.